The Old Man
Genre
Created by
Based onThe Old Man
by Thomas Perry
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Production
Executive producers
ProducerJudd Rea
Running time47–64 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFX
ReleaseJune 16, 2022 (2022-06-16) –
present

The Old Man is an American drama thriller television series based on the 2017 novel The Old Man by Thomas Perry. It was developed by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and premiered on FX on June 16, 2022.[2] The first season consisted of seven episodes.[3] Following its premiere, the series was renewed for a second season on June 27, 2022.[4] The second season is set to premiere on September 12, 2024.[5]

Premise

Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges) is a former CIA operative and Afghanistan veteran living off-the-grid in Vermont for thirty years. After killing an intruder who breaks into his home, Chase goes into hiding. He rents a room from Zoe McDonald (Amy Brenneman), who becomes his forced partner while on the run.

FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Harold Harper (John Lithgow) is called to apprehend Chase because of their complicated past during the Soviet–Afghan War. Working alongside Harper are his protégés: FBI agent Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat); CIA officer Raymond Waters (E. J. Bonilla); and Julian Carson (Gbenga Akinnagbe), a hit-man hired by Harper to kill Chase.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
17June 16, 2022 (2022-06-16)July 21, 2022 (2022-07-21)
28September 12, 2024 (2024-09-12)October 24, 2024 (2024-10-24)

Season 1 (2022)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"I"Jon WattsTeleplay by : Jonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJune 16, 2022 (2022-06-16)1CLE010.975[6]
When Dan Chase's past catches up to him, he must flee the town he's called home for three decades.
22"II"Jon WattsJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJune 16, 2022 (2022-06-16)1CLE020.643[6]
Chase finds a temporary hideout, but Harold Harper and the authorities are still after him.
33"III"Greg YaitanesJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJune 23, 2022 (2022-06-23)1CLE030.821[7]
Forced to flee, Chase finally tells Zoe the truth about his past, but it might be too late.
44"IV"Greg YaitanesJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJune 30, 2022 (2022-06-30)1CLE040.904[8]
Both Chase and Harper try to move forward with their plans, but their choices backfire.
55"V"Zetna FuentesJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJuly 7, 2022 (2022-07-07)1CLE051.076[9]
Chase and Harper face decisive tests; Zoe finds a new path forward as old stories resurface.
66"VI"Jet WilkinsonJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJuly 14, 2022 (2022-07-14)1CLE060.769[10]
Chase and Zoe enter the lion's den; as Harper ends one partnership, another begins.
77"VII"Jet WilkinsonJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJuly 21, 2022 (2022-07-21)1CLE070.773[11]
Chase is forced to face the consequences for his past choices; Harper learns an impossible truth.

Season 2 (2024)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten by [12]Original air date [13]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
81TBATBAJonathan E. SteinbergSeptember 12, 2024 (2024-09-12)TBATBD
92TBATBAJonathan E. SteinbergSeptember 12, 2024 (2024-09-12)TBATBD
103TBATBAStory by : Jonathan E. Steinberg & Hennah Sekander
Teleplay by : Jonathan E. Steinberg
September 19, 2024 (2024-09-19)TBATBD
114TBATBAStory by : Jonathan E. Steinberg & Craig Silverstein
Teleplay by : Jonathan E. Steinberg
September 26, 2024 (2024-09-26)TBATBD
125TBATBAStory by : Jonathan E. Steinberg & Elwood Reid
Teleplay by : Jonathan E. Steinberg
October 3, 2024 (2024-10-03)TBATBD
136TBATBAStory by : Jonathan E. Steinberg & Elwood Reid
Teleplay by : Jonathan E. Steinberg
October 10, 2024 (2024-10-10)TBATBD
147TBATBAStory by : Jonathan E. Steinberg & Daphne Olive
Teleplay by : Jonathan E. Steinberg
October 17, 2024 (2024-10-17)TBATBD
158TBATBAJonathan E. SteinbergOctober 24, 2024 (2024-10-24)TBATBD

Production

The series was announced in July 2019, with FX ordering a pilot with Jeff Bridges cast to star.[14] In September, Jon Watts was set to direct the pilot and be an executive producer, with John Lithgow and Amy Brenneman added to the cast.[15][16] Alia Shawkat joined in October.[17] In November, Bob Iger announced that the show would air on FX on Hulu, and Austin Stowell was added to play a younger version of Chase.[18][19] In February 2020, Kenneth Mitchell disclosed he had a role in the series.[20] Stowell would be recast in March 2020 with Bill Heck, and Gbenga Akinnagbe, Leem Lubany, and E. J. Bonilla were cast in main roles.[21] Navid Negahban and Pej Vahdat were cast in recurring roles in December 2020.[22]

Shooting the series was two-thirds complete when production shut down in mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[23] Production resumed in late 2020 with three episodes remaining to film,[23] but was soon halted when Bridges was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2020 and departed for cancer treatment.[24] The show stayed in production for a short period after his diagnosis to shoot scenes from the remaining episodes that do not feature his character.[23] In September 2021, he announced his cancer was in remission. Production ultimately resumed in February 2022.[25] On June 27, 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.[4] In May 2023, it was reported that filming of the second season was suspended due to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike.[26]

Release

The series premiered on June 16, 2022, on FX in the United States and Canada.[27][2] It was also premiered on Disney+ (Star) on July 13, 2022, in Australia and New Zealand and Star+ in Latin America.[28]

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 97% approval rating with an average rating of 7.4/10, based on 61 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "The Old Man is just as intrepid and spiky—and derivative—as younger action heroes, with Jeff Bridges lending invaluable gravitas to this bone-crunching thriller."[29] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[30]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2022 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards Telefeatures, TV Dramas & Mini Series Jules O'Loughlin Won [31]
2023 Golden Globes Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Jeff Bridges Nominated [32]
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical/Comedy or Drama Series John Lithgow Nominated
Critics Choice Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Jeff Bridges Nominated [33]
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series John Lithgow Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Jeff Bridges Nominated [34]
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Jeff Bridges Nominated [35][36]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television John Lithgow Won
Best Miniseries and Limited Series The Old Man Nominated
AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actor - Television Jeff Bridges Won [37][38]
Best Television Series The Old Man Won
American Society of Cinematographers Awards Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Commercial Jules O'Loughlin Won [39][40]
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Erik Henry, Matt Robken, Jamie Klein, Sylvain Theroux, J.D. Streett Nominated [41]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jeff Bridges Nominated [42]
Outstanding Cinematography for a Series (One Hour) Sean Porter (for "I") Nominated

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Notes

  1. ^ Touchstone Television is credited as copyright holder for season 1 as it was originally developed at Fox21 Television Studios, later rebranded to Touchstone Television in 2020 before being shut down and folding into 20th Television.